Moving to Australia: what you need to know

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With good wages and a high standard of living, a laid back atmosphere and of course glorious sunshine and azure ocean views, Australia is frequently touted the best and most popular expat destination.

If you dream of joining over one million Brits in the Lucky Country, following these five tips before you move will help your relocation run smoothly:

Arranging the paperwork

The two most important documents for relocating to Australia are your passport and visa. As with any overseas travel, make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date well before departure. To find an Australian visa you may be eligible for, click here.

Most other paperwork relates to the goods you are importing. You’ll need to complete an Unaccompanied Personal Effects statement (BS534), provide purchase receipts or proof of value for items less than 12 months old and produce a descriptive inventory of your goods.

Should you select Pickfords to pack your personal effects, we will provide assistance with your paperwork, including the completion of your inventory while packing.

 Organising pet travel

If you are considering taking your pet with you to Australia, he or she will need a certified rabies vaccination, rabies blood test (RNATT) and a DEFRA Export Health Certificate issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). Talking to your vet about fitting your pet with a microchip is also recommended prior to travel.

Take advantage of Pickfords’ pet shipping service and we will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation for you.

Learning the dialect

While 80% of Aussies speak English, the Australian dialect can be hard to understand for Brits. If words like ‘chook’, ‘neddie’ or ‘dunny’ leave you scratching your head, it’s worth swotting up on “ocker” English to help you get by when talking to locals.

Understanding the culture

As with any new country, you’ll likely experience a number of cultural differences when emigrating to Australia. For example, the temperate-to-tropical climate means that Aussies are often more adventurous and free-spirited due to a love of the outdoors.

Researching Australian culture before you leave the UK will help you integrate into your local community after you arrive.

Transporting your goods

When arranging the transport of your effects to Australia, choosing an experienced removal company with the international expertise is vital to ensure your goods arrive on time, safely and securely. Pickfords transports customers’ belongings to Australia every week, more frequently than any other BAR member. With 40 partner offices across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Pickfords can transport your goods to any Australian destination.

Click here to find out more about transporting your goods to Australia with Pickfords.

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